Associate of Science in Chiropractic Technology degrees at Palmer
Davenport’s June graduation went to (from left, front row): Lisa
Laurent, Stacey Ballard, the late Dr. Iftikhar Bhatti, Tanya Edgil,
Gloria Davis; second row: Megan Wilson, Jill Gattshalk, Katie Erndt.
Palmer Davenport’s June graduation ceremonies
were held Friday, June 17, in Lyceum Hall Auditorium. Onehundred
and fourteen students graduated with Doctor of
Chiropractic degrees and eight with Associate of Science in
Chiropractic Technology degrees.
Palmer Davenport Professor Vern Hagen, D.C., was the commencement
speaker. Chief Academic Development Officer Larry
Swank, D.C., M.S., was named a Fellow of the Palmer Academy
of Chiropractic. The co-valedictorians were Cynthia M. Beam and
Heather Marie Livingstone. The salutatorians were Kyle Burke and
Tabitha Weber. The Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award was given
to Terrance J. Loher. The Clinical Excellence Award recipient was
Clay Robert Morton. Karalee Pelham Oldenkamp received the
John Connolly Memorial Award.
In his graduation address, Dr. Hagen spoke to the graduates
about what they have in common. “We’re all held together by
this common ground, which is the restoration of health to the
human body by the removal of the vertebral subluxation
through the chiropractic adjustment.”
October graduation ceremonies were held in Lyceum
Hall on Friday, Oct. 21, where 159 students graduated with
Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, five with Associate of Science in
Chiropractic Technology degrees and one with a Master of
Science in Clinical Research degree.
Kelli Pearson, D.C., a 1982 graduate of Palmer West, was the commencement
speaker. Jean Murray, Ph.D., assistant to the vice president
of Academic Affairs, was awarded a Presidential Citation of
Distinguished Service for her work as interim vice president for
Academic Affairs. Ronald Barth, D.C., of Wichita, Kan., and
Anthony Cacioppo, D.C., director of the Rock Island Clinic, were
each awarded a Fellowship in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic.
The co-valedictorians were Matthew Stone (who also received
the Clinical Excellence Award) and Jameson Walker, and the
Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award was given to Janet Casanova.
Casanova also received the John Connolly Memorial Award.
In her graduation address, Dr. Pearson reminded the graduates
of the wisdom of their career choice. “You have chosen a profession
that has done more healing than any I know of and truly
produces meaningful results,” she said. “I love this profession so
much that I can’t think of retiring.”